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ACP InternistSM - March 2010

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Guidelines call for depression screening

Guidelines call for internists to screen for depression, but only if they can offer support once they make a diagnosis. Internists who’ve already achieved this describe how they did so, and how it’s benefited their patients.

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Telemedicine

Remote monitoring: Out of sight, right in line

Remote monitoring programs help physicians and nurses ensure continuity of care for elderly patients with chronic conditions. The goal is to catch problems early and improve self-management. Another goal: provide physician reimbursement.

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Medicine on Television

There is a doctor in the ‘House’ (and she’s an ACP Member)

From television news producer to internist to columnist to advisor to one of TV's most popular medical dramas, Lisa Sanders, ACP Member, explains how a career spent considering the stories behind every diagnosis has led her to become one of the real physicians behind House, M.D.

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Social Media

Physicians and social media: Debating where to draw the line

Blogging doctors have a powerful megaphone and a new way to interact with their patients. But mishandling this tool, or misusing Twitter or Facebook, can blur the patient-physician divide or place the relationship at risk. Some of the internet’s most famous physicians log in to discuss the pros and cons of social media.

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Physician Profile

An internist makes the leap to practice hospital medicine

Internist Peter Nock, ACP Member, describes how the immediacy of treating hospitalized patients prompted him to leave his office-based practice.

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Internal Medicine 2010

Use your hands, not just your mind, at Internal Medicine 2010

Preview upcoming attractions and sessions of the College’s annual meeting, being held this year in Toronto. Find events occurring at the meeting, or for those not going, find out how to follow news as it happens.

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FDA Update

Major Tylenol recall; FDA concerned about BPA and children

Approvals, recalls, and other regulatory news.

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Perspectives

President’s Message

‘Preventive’ measures don’t translate properly to the public

Prevention is an important tool, but it must be placed in the context of evidence and value. The cost of ignoring that is false reassurance and the politicization of medical care.

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Editor’s Note

Screen for depression—but be ready for the results

Depression can be a complicated issue. It’s co-morbid with certain conditions and can affect the outcomes of other diseases. But primary care practices may not be set up to handle screening properly. Ensuring resources are in place makes the difference when screening.

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Readers Respond

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to the ACP Internist cover story that questioned the value of the annual physical exam. Whether they are for or against the practice, their opinions are strongly held.

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Washington Perspective

Medicare could stay solvent if stakeholders act soon

Congress faces unpopular options as they consider how to keep Medicare solvent through this decade and the next.

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Practice Management

Practice Rx

Prepare for this year’s significant changes to PQRI reporting

Now in its fourth year, the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative continues to adjust its parameters. ACP’s Running a Practice section offers resources to stay atop of the changes, or join the program this year.

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CPII Tips

Getting a handle on HIPAA and HITECH

Just as practice staff adjusted to HIPAA regulations, along comes a new set of rules addressing privacy and security. More rules, more enforcement—and more penalties. Learn how to avoid mistakes.

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College News

Internal Medicine 2010

Use your hands, not just your mind, at Internal Medicine 2010

Preview upcoming attractions and sessions of the College’s annual meeting, being held this year in Toronto. Find events occurring at the meeting, or for those not going, find out how to follow news as it happens.

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Medical Education

Internal medicine interest groups announce winners

The 2009 ACP IMIG program announces the top five schools with the highest recruitment.

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Nominations

Nominate your heroes, mentors, and colleagues for ACP Awards and Masterships

The Awards Committee of the American College of Physicians invites your assistance in recognizing the accomplishments of distinguished individuals and organizations through the College’s awards and Masterships.

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